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Dietary fiber and risk of coronary heart disease: a pooled analysis of cohort studies.

Generous intake of fiber from food sources, such as fruits and whole grains, may confer individuals with significant protection against coronary heart disease.

​This study investigated the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in relation to the consumption of high-fiber foods using a meta-analytic approach. Researchers pooled data from 10 studies that examined the effects of fiber-rich foods on coronary heart disease risk. 

Researchers found out that increased intake of dietary fiber from fruits and cereals correlated with low risk of coronary heart disease. According to this study, high dietary ingestion of foods packed with fiber was found to reduce the likelihood of developing and dying from coronary heart disease by 14% and 27% respectively. The results of this study suggest that habitual consumption of high-fiber foods may help to fend off coronary heart disease.

Research Summary Information

  • 2004
  • Pereira MA, O'Reilly E, Augustsson K, Fraser GE, Goldbourt U, Heitmann BL, Hallmans G, Knekt P, Liu S, Pietinen P, Spiegelman D, Stevens J, Virtamo J, Willett WC, Ascherio A.
  • Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN55454, USA. pereira@epi.umn.edu
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